Hello again! Today we will be discussing the benefits of, “Miso”
a versatile and simple to use, every spoonful of this Japanese seasoning is
brimming with flavor and essential nutrients.
In Japan, making miso – a basic cooking ingredient and condiment that’s aged
like wine and cheese – is an art. But that doesn’t mean it’s complicated to
prepare opr eat. A good alternative to straight sale, miso is a snap to use in
soups, sauces, spreads, salad dressings, dips and marinades.
Miso is fermented in soybean paste, or sometimes a rice or
barley paste, that is similar in consistency to nut butters. Savory, complex,
rich and salty, miso is considered an umami flavor. (Umami is the fifth flavor –
after sweet, salty, sour and bitter.) Miso comes in a variety of colors and
variations: Red miso has a rich, savory, salty flavor; light yellow miso is
less salty with a subtle tartness and smooth texture; and white miso features a
more delicate flavor. You see this variety because some misos – in addition to
their base of legumes or grains, and the mold, called koji, added to ferment
them – can contain brown rice, white rice, barley, wheat, buckwheat or ginger.
Miso’s flavors also become more complex over time; “bean paste” may be
fermented for months or years. You can find miso – which is sold refrigerated
in a plastic or glass jar, a sealed bag, or in bulk – in Japanese and natural
food markets and, increasingly, in conventional grocery stores.
One tablespoon of miso provides 2 grams of easy to digest
protein and a rich array of probiotic (healthy) bacteria. Miso is also a good
source of tryptophan, which helps the body synthesize that protein; manganese,
an enzyme activator; zinc, critical to the immune system; and manganese and
copper, which are essential for antioxidant functioning and energy production. It’s
of particular value for vegetarians because it’s high in vitamin B12 and
omega-3 fatty acids (primarily found in animal sources). Miso is high in
sodium, though, so don’t go overboard with it seasoning.
Have a great day!
In : Health and Fitness blog